Watermelon Gazpacho

The dog days of summer, or something like that? As we traveled around Boston via the water on Saturday and early Sunday, the humidity and heat made me crave cold food, watermelon, tomatoes, gazpacho, and sandwiches, anything but heat. Sunday’s rain made it cool off considerably, but I was still in the mood for cold soup. That’s because for many weeks, I had been looking forward to Chef Robin White’s virtual dining event, Cold Soup Week.

In addition to being one of the lucky, in-person attendees at her Venge Wine Dinner, I also participated in Robin’s Soup Week last fall and had fun cooking and tweeting, and once I saw the recipes for Cold Soup Week, I knew I had to fit it in.

The soup I made was a variation on the Grilled Watermelon Soup with Feta Garnish. I fully intended on grilling my watermelon, but I just forgot.

watermelon

I started with a juicy, sweet organic watermelon. Look how cute it is!

watermelon gazpacho

I gathered my other gazpacho ingredients, including a red pepper, ginger, small sweet onion, lemon, jalapeno, English cucumber (not pictured), and honey.

peeled ginger

I prepped all of the ingredients, peeling the ginger, juicing the lemon, and breaking down the watermelon, a task that I really dislike doing! The juicier the watermelon, the better, except when you are cutting and getting it everywhere. Or is that just me?

pepper and watermelon

To make the gazpacho, I pureed the firmer ingredients first, then added them to chunks of sweet watermelon mixed with a bit of pineapple juice in the blender. Once the soup was smooth enough, I put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to enjoy when it was perfectly chilled.

watermelon gazpacho

Adding a crumbled feta garnish was the perfect topping; if you’ve ever had watermelon feta salad, you know what I mean.

watermelon gazpacho

The flavors in this soup were bold, and each bite was a nice surprise, sweet, spicy (I may have added extra jalapeno!), juicy, and then salty with the feta. It is a great, summery option and would be perfect in place of regular gazpacho, especially for someone who doesn’t like tomatoes.

Thanks to Robin for hosting Cold Soup Week. I can’t wait to see what her next virtual event is!

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Tags: cold soup, Cold Soup Week, gazpacho, soup, watermelon

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I am a huge fan of watermelon and feta. This sounds delicious!

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  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    What a neat idea. I never would have though to use watermelon in gazpacho. But I sure do love it with feta!

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  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    What a neat idea. I never would have though to use watermelon in gazpacho. But I sure do love it with feta!

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  4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I just recently made homemade gazpacho for the first time, and I have been craving it ever since. I love the addition of watermelon here!

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  5. Daisy’s avatar

    totally know what you mean about the watermelon juices getting EVERYWHERE. but it’s all worth it. I love the flavors happening in this soup!

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  6. Renee’s avatar

    I did something very similar! It was so delicious with a little sour cream and feta on top!

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  7. Renee’s avatar

    I did something very similar! It was so delicious with a little sour cream and feta on top!

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  8. Michelle’s avatar

    I love the combination of watermelon with hot peppers!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Have you had the watermelon habanero margarita at Masa? If not we should make a date! :)

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    2. Megan’s avatar

      Watermelon and feta… and you didn’t invite me over?! It sounds so refreshing and perfect for this time of year!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I used a giant jalapeno! It might have been too much for you :)

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      2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

        This sounds delicious. I’m with you, I’m not going to talk about fall. It’s still going to be hot as hell after Labor Day. Let’s keep summer going!

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      3. Isabelle @ Crumb’s avatar

        I’m a big fan of the traditional gazpacho, but this sounds like it would be a really delicious twist on the original… especially since watermelon and gazpacho are both things that positively scream summer to me.
        Love that feta topping, though I bet a little fresh mint wouldn’t be a bad addition, either. Nom!

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      4. Edible Potential’s avatar

        Just buzzed you! Wonderful-

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